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No need to travel to Europe if you have events like Goa GM 2019!

by Sagar Shah - 25/06/2019

It's always difficult to score norms in India because there are a lot of lower rated players in the A group. However, the organizers of the Goa GM International 2019, decided to restrict the number of participants to the A group and hence all the norm hopeful players were able to fight it out against higher rated opposition. Nine norms were made at the end of nine rounds, which is a great result. Six IM norms, 1 WGM norm and 2 WIM norms were scored. In this article we tell you all about the youngsters who scored their norms and we also bring to you a game that lasted over 4.5 hours in the C group with 202 moves and was played on board 291. A sheer test of patience and stamina!

Seven norm makers and nine norms at the end of nine rounds of Goa GM 2019

Making norms at the Indian GM opens is never easy. First of all the opposition is always under-rated, but more importantly because of the huge number of lower rated players fighting it out, it is extremely difficult to meet the required rating average. At the Goa GM international 2019, things are much different. The organizers hardly allowed any players below the rating of 2000 and the result is here for all of us to see. Seven Indian players achieved their norms!

Anuj Shrivatri beat Alexander Fier in round 9 and achieved his 2nd IM norm | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Anuj Shrivatri's IM norm performance. This is his second IM norm. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Priyanka K has played phenomenal chess at the event | Photo: Niklesh Jain
Priyanka shows her win over Srijit Paul in round 9 that helped her to achieve her maiden IM norm

Priyanka's IM norm performance. With this she made her maiden IM and WGM norms and second WIM norm

Rathanvel VS has a performance of nearly 2555 and a last round win may well give him his first GM norm. For now he has already secured his IM norm performance. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Wins over Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo, Vignesh NR and Aditya Mittal is good enough to give you an IM norm

Aaryan Varshney scored his maiden IM norm | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The solidity with which the youngster is playing is quite amazing

Saina Salonika made her second WIM norm | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Saina Salonika beat all her lower rated opponents and drew against Debashis Das, Karthikeyan P. and Niranjan Navalgund

Neelash Saha and Mitrabha Guha also scored IM norms, but the duo have already completed all their formalities for the IM title | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Total seven players made norms. As Priyanka made three norms, it makes it in all nine norms at the event and we still have the last round to go! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Manuel Petrosyan is still the sole leader with 7.5/9. He faces GM Luka Paichadze in the last round. | Photo: Niklesh Jain
One of the highest scoring Indians at the event is P. Konguvel. He already has three GM norms, so he isn't looking for norms, but he has to reach 2500 Elo. He gained 30 Elo points until round 9. In this video he analyzes all his four main victories at the event.

Results of round 9

Bo.No. NameRtgPts. ResultPts. NameRtg No.
GMPetrosyan Manuel 25737 ½ - ½ GMJojua Davit 2580
GMIturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo 2637 ½ - ½ GMPaichadze Luka 2557
GMRahman Ziaur 2481 0 - 16 GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel 2611
GMIdani Pouya 25976 1 - 06 IMIniyan P 2525
GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo 24766 ½ - ½6 GMAleksandrov Aleksej 2588
GMStupak Kirill 25846 ½ - ½6 IMShyaamnikhil P 2434
GMDebashis Das 25446 ½ - ½6 Neelash Saha 2315
GMKostenko Petr 24736 0 - 16 GMTukhaev Adam 2527
GMPantsulaia Levan 2614 1 - 0 IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad 2446
IMRahul Srivatshav P 2395 0 - 1 GMGupta Abhijeet 2606

Standings after round 9

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
111GMPetrosyan ManuelARM2573ARM7,50,046,550,540,50697,55,991,511015,1
23GMTer-Sahakyan SamvelARM2611ARM7,00,049,053,539,756976,210,79107,9
31GMIturrizaga Bonelli EduardoVEN2637VEN7,00,049,053,040,005976,880,12101,2
49GMJojua DavitGEO2580GEO7,00,048,051,539,005976,600,40104,0
56GMIdani PouyaIRI2597IRI7,00,042,546,035,256977,13-0,1310-1,3
617GMTukhaev AdamUKR2527UKR7,00,042,545,534,255976,650,35103,5
713GMPaichadze LukaGEO2557GEO7,00,041,045,034,506976,660,34103,4
879Neelash SahaIND2315WB6,50,047,550,034,00496,53,453,052061,0
98GMStupak KirillBLR2584BLR6,50,047,051,536,25496,56,87-0,3710-3,7
1087IMKonguvel PonnuswamyIND2293TN6,50,047,050,034,00696,53,552,951029,5
1139IMShyaamnikhil PIND2434TN6,50,046,050,034,75496,55,421,081010,8
127GMAleksandrov AleksejBLR2588BLR6,50,044,048,034,50596,57,09-0,5910-5,9
135GMGupta AbhijeetIND2606DEL6,50,044,048,033,00596,56,90-0,4010-4,0
1472FMAnuj ShrivatriIND2336MP6,50,044,047,031,25596,54,961,542030,8
1518GMBurmakin VladimirRUS2526RUS6,50,043,547,533,75496,56,94-0,4410-4,4
1625GMRahman ZiaurBAN2481BAN6,50,043,547,031,50696,55,960,54105,4
1727GMVasquez Schroeder RodrigoCHI2476CHI6,50,043,046,532,75596,56,84-0,3410-3,4
1816GMGukesh DIND2543TN6,50,042,546,532,25696,57,22-0,7210-7,2
1924GMGagare ShardulIND2482MAH6,50,041,545,031,50496,56,89-0,3910-3,9
202GMPantsulaia LevanGEO2614GEO6,50,041,544,530,75696,56,94-0,4410-4,4
2114GMDebashis DasIND2544ORI6,50,041,044,531,50496,57,25-0,7510-7,5
2238IMMohammad Nubairshah ShaikhIND2436MAH6,50,041,044,028,00696,56,220,28102,8
23120FMMatta Vinay KumarIND2181Andhra Bank6,50,039,541,528,75596,53,712,792055,8
2428GMKostenko PetrKAZ2473KAZ6,00,051,055,034,004964,911,091010,9


Pairings of round 10

Bo.No. NameRtgPts. ResultPts. NameRtg No.
113GMPaichadze Luka 25577 GMPetrosyan Manuel 257311
21GMIturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo 26377 7 GMIdani Pouya 25976
33GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel 26117 7 GMJojua Davit 25809
417GMTukhaev Adam 25277 GMPantsulaia Levan 26142
55GMGupta Abhijeet 2606 GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo 247627
67GMAleksandrov Aleksej 2588 GMRahman Ziaur 248125
738IMMohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 2436 GMStupak Kirill 25848
887IMKonguvel Ponnuswamy 2293 GMDebashis Das 254414
979Neelash Saha 2315 GMGukesh D 254316
1039IMShyaamnikhil P 2434 GMBurmakin Vladimir 252618


C group witnesses a game that lasts 202 moves!

Somewhere around the end of 8th round a huge crowd had gathered around board no. 291. A game was going on and it lasted for nearly four and a half hours! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Aarush Swapnil Arsekar had a queen and a knight and tried to mate his opponent for over 50 moves | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Chirag Khinvasara fought hard and kept up his stamina | Photo: Niklesh Jain

After the game chief arbiter Gopakumar wrote on Facebook: "You are running behind schedule due to a long game at the last board .....Most of the time the Arbiters and players waiting to start the next round get frustrated...But this time a long game of 202 moves made everyone to smile and cheer....Personally FIDE Laws of Chess 9.6.2 saved me the day!"


The FIDE Handbook states Law 9.6.2 as "any series of at least 75 moves have been made by each player without the movement of any pawn and without any capture. If the last move resulted in checkmate, that shall take precedence."

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In the C group Stephen Raj, Mayur Kalbande, Prashanth Vangala and Ravi Chopra are leading the tournament with 8.0/9.

Standings after round 9

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Stephen Raj AIND1479TN8,00,051,556,048,757
Kalbande MayurIND1578MP8,00,051,555,047,007
Vangala PrashanthIND1499AP8,00,051,055,547,507
Ravi ChopraIND1554UP8,00,049,553,546,007
Vrashank ChouhanU13IND1497RAJ7,50,051,054,542,757
Deepak K SIND1512KER7,50,050,555,544,757
Prasath K RIND1545TN7,50,049,553,543,756
Rohit SIND1561PON7,50,046,551,042,257
Mrithyunjay MahadevanU11IND1473TN7,50,046,049,541,257
Mahendar BIND1443TEL7,50,042,544,538,007
Kannan R.IND1464TN7,50,041,544,537,506
Pednekar AyushIND1504GOA7,00,051,555,540,756
Kesavan GIND1408TN7,00,051,053,539,256
Sparsh YadavIND1491UP7,00,048,552,538,507
Sheikh JahanIND1381MP7,00,048,549,535,007
Vishwanath KannamIND1490AP7,00,048,052,538,006
Gopinath PIND1458TN7,00,048,051,537,756
Utkarsh AgrawalIND1491MP7,00,046,551,037,007
Sharma Tushar BIND1454MAH7,00,046,550,037,507
Aliporewala PriyankIND1576MAH7,00,046,051,038,506